Percussion Institute

The 2021 MPulse Percussion Institute will be a week-long program* that exposes students to fundamentals and strategies for musical and technical growth with Michigan’s expert percussion faculty. During this week, students will have lessons, classes, and projects centered around percussion, marimba, timpani, drum set, and percussion ensemble. Additionally, we will talk about Broadway, improvisation, and how to prepare for college auditions.

*Tuition information for both an in-person and online version of the program is listed below. Due to anticipated COVID-19 restrictions, a final decision on which version of the MPulse Percussion Institute will be held will be made prior to the due date of the first deposit.

U-M Faculty Director: Doug Perkins, Director of Percussion Studies
Additional Faculty: Ian Antonio, Jeremy Epp, Tom Sherwood

Session Dates: July 11, 2021-July 17, 2021
Online Tuition: $950
In Person Tuition: $1,575

Application Open: November 2020
Application Deadline: February 1, 2021
Admissions Notification: March 1, 2021

A sample online schedule will be available November, 2020.

A sample online schedule will be available November, 2020.

Deadline for all application/audition materials to be submitted is February 1, 2021.

All application and audition materials must be received by the application deadline of February 1, 2021. Applications may be accepted after the deadline if openings remain. Review, admission, and notification for applications received after the deadline will be handled on a rolling basis, subject to space availability per each individual institute. Space is limited.

Admission notifications will be e-mailed by March 1, 2021.

Admissions decisions will not be given by phone.

Audition Video

  • One snare drum solo or etude (rudimental or solo)
  • One solo of your choice (timpani, marimba, drum set, congas, etc.)


  • Upload one color headshot
  • Headshots should be recent, clear, and against a neutral background.
  • Headshots should be front-facing and from the neck up.
  • Headshots do not need to be professionally taken and should resemble a Driver’s License/Passport Photo.

Recommendation Letter
You may submit one teacher evaluation (artistic teacher or mentor(s) (preferred), academic teacher, or non-relative who can speak directly to the student’s academic aptitude, potential, and classroom performance) .

Given the disruptions caused by COVID, we know that student/teacher relationships may have been impacted, making it more difficult for students to acquire teacher recommendations. We still encourage students to submit a letter of recommendation from a core academic teacher (math, English, science, social science, and foreign language), preferably one who instructed the student within the prior 12 months. However, the teacher recommendation may come from someone other than a teacher (not a parent/guardian, grandparent, sibling or other relative) who can speak directly to the student’s academic aptitude, potential, and performance in the classroom. This might include a community based organization educator or academic support program professional.

The recommendation form will be made available when the application opens in November. Recommendations are due by February 1, 2021.

Merit Awards
MPulse awards a limited number of scholarships to extremely talented students based on Faculty discretion. Consideration for these scholarships is automatic for applications received by the priority deadline.

Need-Based Awards
A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. To be considered for a need-based scholarship you must complete the online need-based financial aid application by the priority deadline. To begin the process, select “Need Based Award Consideration” in the program application.

Watson Scholarship

Application open to Michigan residents only.

In the spirit of the life of a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School (1942) and Michigan physician, the Watson A. Young Scholarship promotes academic excellence and college aspiration among students with financial need. These need-based scholarships support middle and high school students’ participation in summer opportunities at U-M that seek to develop students’ interests and abilities in academic disciplines and expose students to the experiences and possibilities provided by higher education.

To start an application, click here.

MPulse Summer Performing Arts Institutes
Office of Engagement & Outreach-Youth & Adult Programs
University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Stearns Building │ 2005 Baits Drive │ Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Phone: (734) 936-2660